The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers. The exact (net) salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on local tax regulations and on the country correction factor (to allow for the difference in cost of living in different EU Member States). The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance and a family allowance (if married). The guaranteed PhD funding is for 36 months (i.e. EC funding, additional funding is possible, depending on the local Supervisor, and in accordance with the regular PhD time in the country of origin). In addition to their individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from further continuing education, which includes internships and secondments, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences.
Applicants need to fully respect three eligibility criteria (to be demonstrated in the Europass cv):
Early-stage researchers (ESR) are those who are, at the time of recruitment by the host, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged.
Conditions of international mobility of researchers:
Researchers are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. At the time of selection by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.
English language: Network fellows (ESRs) must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training.
A preliminary INNOVEOX recruitment web page is put on-line (10 August 2019). A special effort is made to promote the vacancies to refugees at the organizations and especially the participation of KU Leuven to the Online Linguistic Support for Refugees, an EU Initiative from which all the ESRs, if refugees, will be able to benefit. To attract the right students, the required profiles are clearly listed for each ESR position (e.g. ESR1: Chemical Engineer, Environmental Engineer, Bio-Science Engineer or Chemist).
Applications are made through an on-line, eligibility-proof form on the INNOVEOX recruitment webpage. The candidates apply for a maximum of three specific ESR positions and list their order of preference. The Supervisors provide the names of their preferred candidates to the SC, which in its turn produces a short list of candidates: 2 per position. As such a maximum of 30 ESRs (from an estimated initial pool of 120-200 candidates) are invited to the Recruitment Event, which coincides with the pre-kick-off meeting (Leuven, M2).
Each candidate gives a presentation and is interviewed by the SC. After a thorough evaluation, the candidates are ranked and a collective decision is made. In this way a complementary team of ESRs can be assembled, as positively experienced from previous ETN recruitment events.
In case not all 15 ESRs can be recruited during the collective Recruitment Event, the recruitment procedure is “decentralised”, meaning that the involved supervisors continue the search for good candidates. The GC is kept informed at all times when new eligible candidates appear. The GC makes an official complaint in case the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers is breached. The involved supervisor is then expected to find another candidate. Recruitment problems are also, if still needed, discussed during the RC meeting (M6, M12) in order to deliver specific action plans to target specific networks relevant for the vacant ESR positions.
All details concerning the recruitment-procedure principles are communicated on the on-line application portal, so that potential ESRs know exactly what to expect and are stimulated to apply. All recruitment (pre and final selection) is in line with the European Charter for Researchers, providing the overarching framework for the roles, responsibilities of both researchers and employers. The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers functions ensures that the selection procedures are transparent and fair.
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